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Top 10 Ellie Goulding songs

If you are one of the lucky few who scored tickets to Ellie Goulding at the House of Blues on Wednesday Jan. 23, try not to rub it in too badly. UGBC’s BC2Boston sold tickets to the concert through the Robsham Ticket Office. The tickets went on sale at 8:00 a.m. and were sold out by 8:02 a.m.

Some of you are probably thinking, “Ellie Goulding? Doesn’t that chick have, like, one song?” FALSE.  If you are only familiar with Ellie Goulding for her hit single “Lights,” then you, my friend, have a lot to learn. To help you prepare for the concert, or to simply educate yourself in quality music, we here at Gavel Media bring you:




10. Starry Eyed (Bright Lights)


A classic Goulding synthpop jam, “Starry Eyed” is a light and happy romance compared to the darker tracks on Halcyon. But don’t judge it too harshly; everyone needs to listen to happy music once in awhile.


9. Explosions (Halcyon)


“You left my soul bleeding in the dark, so you could be king.” But Goulding’s not bitter about it, seriously. Just don’t try to get her back because she’s not falling for that act twice.


8. Figure 8 (Halcyon)


Fate is messing with Ellie Goulding and she’s not happy about it. “Figure 8” brings more of Goulding’s typical electro-pop to an otherwise relatively tame Halcyon.


7. I Know You Care (Halcyon)


Halcyon introduces the listener to a different Ellie Goulding than we are accustomed to hearing on the radio. There is much less synthpop in this album, as Goulding shifts the attention to her own impressive voice with simplistic piano backing.

“I Know You Care” is one such song where the universality of the lyrics is so striking that anything other than minimal accompaniment would seem overdone: "Please don't close your eyes, don't know where to look without them."

Fans of “Lights” and “Starry Eyed” might be a little aghast with the amount of Halcyon tracks on this list, but the reality is that Goulding reaches a higher quality of music when not overshadowed by a DJ.


6. Joy (Halcyon)


Goulding grows up in this song: “I’ve figured out that joy is not in your arms.” She acknowledges her mistakes in love, and yet, she moves forward. If Halcyon is to be thought of as a journey, “Joy” is Goulding’s midnight runaway.


5. The Writer (Bright Lights)


This is one of Goulding’s earliest singles that was mainly popular in the U.K. Thematically it is not as advanced as her later work, and it is clear that she is still trying to find herself as an artist. This cry for artistic help, which is literally what “The Writer” is, does not take away from the lyrical beauty of the song.


4. Lights (Lights)


Sometimes the radio gets it right. Not often, but sometimes. "Lights," Goulding's first hit, deserves the recognition that it was given. Maybe you've heard it a few too many times by now, but it is definitely deserving of a high-ranking spot on this list. "Lights" brought electro-pop music into the spotlight. It paved the way for hits from artists like Robyn and introduced mainstream America to synthpop.


3. Anything Could Happen (Halcyon)


Goulding's breakout single from her latest album, Halcyon, is an airy mix of pop and synthesized music. It appeals to the same widespread audience as "Lights," her first big single in the U.S. “Anything Could Happen” is Goulding's redemption, her realization that she controls her identity: "I'll give you everything you need, but I don't think I need you." The pounding rhythm is her, and our, freedom.


2. Only You (Halcyon)


This song is hypnotic. Goulding's voice is haunting when combined with the aphrodisiacal beat. If you're not pounding this at your pre-game or Mod party, rethink that poor decision. The fact that this song was released in October and still isn't being played on the radio is a testament to the low quality of music which is deemed radio-worthy.


1. Halcyon (Halcyon)


Forget Adele, Ellie Goulding is the new queen of heartbreak. This song is the manifestation of crushing, unrequited love. The simplicity of the lyrics and melody make it a universal sorrow: "when it's just us, you show me what it's like to be lonely, you show me what it's like to be lost." Don’t tell me there isn’t a particular person who comes to mind when you hear this song. That is a sign of great music.


Ellie Goulding will be performing in Boston on Wednesday Jan. 23 at the House of Blues. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. 



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